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Blake Ilstrup is the founding member and leader of the Technology Companies Group practice in the Pacific Northwest. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and life sciences companies and their investors.
Blake brings a unique and invaluable mix of in-house, entrepreneurial, and law firm experience, having served as General Counsel and senior executive of a software company and two biotech companies (co-founding one of them), as well as outside corporate counsel in elite AmLaw Global 100 law firms.
Blake’s experience spans multiple industries, including life sciences, software, hardware, mobile, fintech, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and retail. He has counseled fast-growing companies on hundreds of venture capital financings and M&A transactions, numerous public offerings, as well as service as a trusted advisor to management teams and Boards on both strategic and day-to-day matters.
Blake is proud to have worked with a variety of technology and life science companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, including AppSheet (acquired by Google; Nasdaq: GOOGL), Arris Composites, Barclays, Cloudhopper (acquired by Twitter; NYSE: TWTR), CI Security, Coatue Management, DimensionalMechanics, fatfoogoo (acquired by Digital River; Nasdaq: DRIV), Ikaria, IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco; Nasdaq: CSCO), Kineta, KITE Solutions, Oculus (Nasdaq: FB), OncoSenX, PATH, Qpass (acquired by Amdocs; NYSE: DOX), Varian Medical (NYSE: VAR), and Zipwhip.
Prior to his legal career, Blake served with distinction in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including two combat deployments to the Persian Gulf, where he was decorated for his performance during Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike.
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Scott Iyama is an advisor to leading technology and life science companies. Scott provides tactical guidance throughout the life cycle of high growth companies and has led clients through hundreds of financings and numerous mergers, acquisitions, and partnering transactions.
Scott is an experienced corporate lawyer who leverages his technical experience as a member of research teams at Genentech (Virology R&D) and the NASA Ames Research Center (Advanced Displays Lab) to provide a unique business and legal perspective to companies commercializing disruptive solutions in technology and healthcare. In recognition for such work, The Recorder named Scott one of its “Lawyers on the Fast Track” (one of 50 California attorneys whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s leaders).
Scott has represented a majority of such companies from inception, with many of the companies founded by leading entrepreneurs and scientists from Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley and UCLA. He also works with non-profit entities, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area. Scott’s practice has included representation of numerous high growth companies, including:
Stemming from his experience and deep knowledge in the life sciences and technology industries, Scott is a frequently sought after advisor, speaker and author on technology companies. He routinely volunteers his time with entrepreneur groups and frequently lectures at forums such as the National Cancer Institute, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford Technology Venture Program, the University of California, Los Angeles and the California Life Sciences Association.
James Jaconski is a Corporate associate in the New York office.His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, formation and equity financings for early-stage companies, and advising on corporate governance matters.
Réna is a member of Orrick’s Tech Companies Group.
She advises entrepreneurs and venture capital funds on equity financings, growth transactions and exits. Through the life of start-ups, Réna assists management teams to set up employees’ incentive plans, think through the governance of the company, and provide strategic and practical advice to the founders.
Réna is passionate about the transportation/mobility sector, cleantech and social impact businesses. She gained experience in these fields through her studies and work in California, France and Africa. She worked as Global Legal Counsel and Post-Merger Integration Manager of Fenix International (of ENGIE), a company developing inclusive energy and financial services for customers in frontier markets (Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria, Benin Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique). In California, she clerked with administrative law judges at the California Public Utilities Commission and worked as a Policy Advisor on energy and climate policies for the international law firm Dentons.
Réna is taking leads on AfricaTech across the firm, and she is a member of the Automotive Tech & Mobility group.
Larry Kane, a San Francisco corporate partner, represents newly formed and high growth technology companies and venture and private equity investors.
Larry's typical representations range from formation and early stage corporate counseling, angel and venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships to angel and venture fund formations and lending and other commercial transactions. Larry's practice focus on a range of technology companies focused on education technology and education services, software and SAAS based businesses, consumer products to semiconductor businesses.
Kevin is a managing associate in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group. He advises technology companies in various sectors and has significant experience with venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, debt financings and general corporate representation.
Kevin is passionate about technology and serves on the board of the “Orrick Labs” committee and is a member of Orrick’s associate technology committee.
Kevin has recently represented companies being sold in the following transactions: Wavefront to VMware; Nervana to Intel; Frame to Nutanix; AppFormix to Juniper Networks; Eat24 to GrubHub; Outward to Williams Sonoma; PernixData to Nutanix; Arkin Net to VMware; FoodyDirect to Goldbelly; BitRock to VMware.
Kevin advises high-technology businesses and venture capital investors on corporate governance, securities offerings, liquidity transactions and related matters.
Don Keller, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Don advises high growth technology companies, public companies, venture capital firms and investment banks. He has advised clients on more than 60 public offerings, 75 acquisition transactions and several hundred venture financings.
Chambers USA recognized Don for his work in the areas of Venture Capital and Startups & Emerging Companies, noting he "is valued for his knowledge of venture capital firms and his strength in advising technology companies on public offerings, acquisition transactions and venture financings. One client insists that 'I would not dream of starting a company without him as my outside counsel.'" (2018) He is ranked Band 3 for both Startups & Emerging Companies and Venture Capital (2019).
Don has held many leadership positions at Orrick. Don currently leads Orrick’s Technology and Life Sciences Sector, which is one of the three focus areas (along with energy and finance) for the firm. Don is a former member of Orrick’s Board of Directors, served as head of the firm’s global corporate practice, served as head of the firm’s Silicon Valley Office and served as co-head of the firm's diversity efforts.
Don also previously served for many years on the Executive Committee of Venture Law Group.
Don has recently represented companies being sold in the following transactions: Wavefront to VMware; Nervana to Intel; TOA to Oracle; Altiscale to SAP; Mainframe2 to Nutanix; Sailthru to Campaign Monitor; Twin Prime to Salesforce; 3Scale to Red Hat; Vendavo to Francisco Partners; FoodyDirect to Goldbelly; Yieldex to AppNexus; and LS9 to Renewable Energy Group.
Don has worked on transactions for Google (Nasdaq GS: GOOG), Oracle (Nasdaq GS: ORCL), Tibco (Nasdaq GS: TIBX), Adaptec (Nasdaq GS: ADPT), Shutterfly (Nasdaq GS: SFLY), Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE:MSO), Sum Total Systems (Nasdaq GS: SUMT) and Rambus (Nasdaq GS: RMBS). He also has represented many investment banking clients in public offering transactions, including representing Goldman, Sachs & Co. in offerings for many issuers.
Don is a past member of the Board of Overseers of Boston College Law School.
Rebecca is an associate in the financial services regulatory team and provides advice on a broad range of financial regulation.
Rebecca has worked with regulated companies and financial institutions on, among other things, authorisation, outsourcing, systems and controls, payment services, e-money, consumer credit and anti-money laundering regulations. She also works with clients in the Fintech space, including providing advice on crypto-currencies and ICOs.
Santa Monica; Los Angeles; Orange County
Santa Monica; Los Angeles; Orange County
Dan is a founding member of Orrick's Santa Monica Office and a partner in Orrick’s Technology Companies Group where he advises disruptive technology companies at all stages of their life cycles.
Dan has a general business and corporate law practice, representing both emerging and public companies in a variety of matters, including corporate and securities law, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, day-to-day general corporate matters, structured liquidity programs, public offerings, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and compliance and corporate governance.
Dan began his legal career in Silicon Valley and works with a significant number of clients in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. Dan is also an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School.
Dan’s current and former representations include:
Dan also has represented numerous venture capital and private equity investors including Founders Fund, Kapor Capital, Storm Ventures, Warburg Pincus, Wicklow Capital and many others.
Representative matters include:
VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCINGS
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
PUBLIC OFFERINGS & PIPEs
PUBLIC COMPANY REPORTING AND SEC COMPLIANCE
William Lamb is an associate in the San Francisco Office and a member of the firm's corporate group.
Prior to joining Orrick, William was an associate in the corporate / mergers & acquisitions practice of Hogan Lovells US LLP in Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley; Portland
Silicon Valley; Portland
Peter Lamb, a partner working across our Bay Area and Pacific Northwest offices, is a member of the Corporate Group. Peter advises private equity sponsors, technology investors, and well established private and public technology and life sciences companies.
Peter advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies on M&A and minority and majority investments. He also advises a range of mid- to late-stage private technology companies, including Aptean, Duetto Research, ESS, ProCare, Qualifacts, Sagent Lending Solutions, Stripe, Trax Retail and Zimperium. Peter regularly works with Warburg Pincus on a wide range of technology, healthcare IT and life sciences platform investments and portfolio company transactions.
Peter has also advised on the IPOs and follow-ons of numerous companies, including Cortexyme, Twist Bioscience, Elevate Financial, AVG Technologies, Pandora Media, Chegg, Portola Pharmaceuticals and ZS Pharma. His experience includes a wide range of public and private company M&A, growth equity and public market financings for tech, life sciences and private equity clients, as well as numerous cross-border buy- and sell-side M&A representations, including the $1.3 billion sale of AVG Technologies to Avast Software, and a dozen roll-up acquisitions for TA Associates and Vista Equity-backed Aptean.
Amy Lauren, a Senior Associate in the Global Technology Transactions practice, serves as a strategic advisor to large and small companies in all stages of their development within a wide range of industries and business models. Amy helps clients understand key business and legal risks involved in efficiently managing complex legal and technology issues in connection with contract negotiations, product development and business operations.Amy advises clients across a spectrum of continuously innovating industries, including software licensing and development (including artificial intelligence), blockchain networks, cryptocurrency, cloud services, IoT products, online and mobile payments, intermediary products and services, wearables, fintech, e-commerce, emerging technologies, consumer products, and digital media and entertainment.